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Weekend drowning investigated at Woodward Reservoir
Multiple agencies responded to Woodward Reservoir on Sunday afternoon, April 21; a San Francisco man drowned while attempting to swim from one point in the reservoir to another.

A 24-year-old San Francisco man drowned Sunday, April 21 at Woodward Reservoir, with multiple agencies responding to the incident.

Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a swimmer in distress shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, and were dispatched to Mountain View Point at the reservoir, northeast of Oakdale.

The Special Vehicle Operations Unit, as well as paramedics, air support, fire department personnel, and the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, responded to assist with the search.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Luke Schwartz said the swimmer, who was later identified as 24-year-old San Francisco resident Oscar Rafael Coello-Flores, was trying to swim from the shore of Mountain View Point to “Area-A”. He appeared to grow fatigued and became overcome by the elements as he struggled to keep above the water’s surface.

Emergency first responders were unable to locate the swimmer in time, and he drowned approximately 45 feet away from the shore of Mountain View Point.

Investigators with the Coroner’s Office responded and took over the death investigation. A more comprehensive forensic autopsy will be completed in the coming days.